The two new judges were filming an audition in Charlotte, N.C., when they became embroiled in an argument over a contestant, with Minaj unleashing a furious, foul-mouthed tirade at Carey. Footage of it has since leaked online, and some reports suggested that Minaj continued her rant as she walked off the set, raging, "If I had a gun, I would shoot her."
"Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has insisted the death threat story is "absolute rubbish," but Carey went on to fan the flames of the controversy by sharing her side of events in a phone call with veteran broadcaster Barbara Walters on Thursday.
In the chat, which Walters recounted on her TV talk show, "The View," the singer said she was beefing up her security for her own protection because, "Nicki is unpredictable."
Now Minaj is firing back over what she believes is nothing but a pitiful PR stunt, and she has aired her feelings on Twitter, accusing Carey of playing up the incident to gain public sympathy.
Addressing her fans, whom she affectionately calls barbz, the hip-hop star insists she never threatened Carey and is adamant that media outlets have turned on her because of rap stereotypes.
She sarcastically writes, "Hey yAll. Lets just say nicki said smthn about a gun. ppl will believe it cuz she's a black rapper... I'll then hit up Barbara n milk it... Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho... Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence barbz..."
Minaj goes on to accuse Carey of stirring up the controversy after reportedly becoming jealous of the rapper's popularity with producers: "I don't call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet. Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave. I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we've had since simon. Awww, poor u. Keep them lies cmn."
And she's upset that Carey aired her feelings in public after appearing to clear the air with Minaj on Wednesday. She adds, "Tried to keep quiet but let's go!!!! I thought we resolved it yesterday but I see u want ur pity party to continue... All I do is compliment u. That's not enuff? Ur a legend, cheer up. U don't have to run down ur resume or feel intimidated."
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